Flinders Ranges National Park, Hawker

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The Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park is situated approximately 400 km north of Adelaide in the northern central part of South Australia's largest mountain range, the Flinders Ranges. The park covers an area of 912 km², northeast of the small town of Hawker. The Heysen Trail and Mawson Trails pass through the park.The park's most characteristic landmark is Wilpena Pound, a large, sickle-shaped, natural amphitheatre covering nearly 80 km², containing the range's highest peak, St Mary Peak (1,170 metres). On 12 February 2016 the park was renamed to include the Adnyamathanha word, Ikara, "meeting place", referring to the traditional name for Wilpena Pound.The park centre at Wilpena Pound is accessible by sealed road from Hawker. Other areas in the park can be reached by un-sealed roads, which are mostly accessible by two-wheel drive vehicles except in bad weather or after heavy rain. There are many lookouts, scenic vistas, small canyons and unusual rock formations located in the park. These include Wilpena Pound, Wilkawillina Gorge, Hucks Lookout, Brachina Gorge, Bunyeroo Gorge and Arkaroo Rock. The park has some stone ruins from early European settlement and Aboriginal rock art sites. A rock formation called the Great Wall of China is located just outside the park. Camping is permitted at many locations in the park.
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  • A must see in SA. Incredible rugged beauty, especially Wilpena Pound, Brachina Gorge and nearby sites. Wildlife is everywhere: rock wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas, emus, wedge tailed eagles, lizards, ...  more »
  • You will need a long time or many trips to see it all, This was my 10th trip up here. Wilpena Pound plus all the gorges are worth the drive and the time. This time we took a scenic flight over Wilpena...  more »
  • Going through the Brachina Gorge and viewing the rock formations and the yellow footed rock wallabies was a wonderful experience and something to be remembered - even the rutted and rocky track!  more »
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  • It is just amazing! We drove all the way from Melbourne just to visit this park. I can say without any doubt, it was worth it. I'd definitely fall short of words if I had to describe the over 500 Million years old ranges. Just visit and experience for yourself! You won't be disappointed. Just beware of wildlife crossing the roads all over and make sure your fuel tank is sufficiently full, since gas stations are not that frequent in the region. The small towns are dead by sunset!!
  • We were there at the start of June. Beautiful clear days but frosty overnight. This is a gorgeous part of the country and Wilpena Pound is amazing.
  • Awesome views. Fantastic for camping, hiking and trail running.
  • Pretty spectacular views. Loved hiking through here
  • Roads are closed after rain do check conditions, very nice Park, good to visit in spring.

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